Rev. James Lawson on Dr. Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Act – 50 Years Later
In the 1950s, Rev. James Lawson of Ohio went to India as a Methodist missionary. There, he studied “satyagraha,” a set of principles and methods of nonviolent resistance developed by Mohandas Gandhi.
In 1957, Dr. Martin Luther King asked Rev. Lawson to assist the nonviolent resistance movement for civil rights by sharing satyagraha with activists, including many of the college students whose peaceful sit-ins in 1960 led to the desegregation of whites-only lunch counters in Nashville.
In October 2017, ICNC spoke with Dr. Lawson… (Read full story here).